When Dennis Rodman was on the Detroit Pistons, he had an intense rivalry with Chicago Bulls superstars Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, which is why many pundits questioned the Bulls acquiring the Worm in 1995. No one thought the trio could get along since Rodman used to foul Jordan and Pippen hard during the “Bad Boy” days.
However, the critics were wrong. Not only did Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman mesh well on the court, but Rodzilla also gave MJ and Pip spectacular praise during the 1995-96 season.
Dennis Rodman: Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are in a class by themselves
During an interview in 1995-96, Rodman spoke about how special Jordan and Pippen were. The rebounding machine, who played with Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars in Detroit, said his Bulls teammates were in a class by themselves.
“I’ve been around great players before, and these two guys are pretty much in a class by themselves,” Rodman said. “Scottie’s probably the best three guy in the world. I think Michael Jordan is probably the best two guy in the world.”
Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman played three seasons together and experienced incredible success. The Hall of Famers not only made NBA history in their first year together, but they also took home a lot of jewelry.
Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman won three rings together
The Bulls won three straight titles in 1996, 1997, and 1998 behind Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman. They beat the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 Finals after winning 72 games in the regular season and defeated the Utah Jazz in 1997 and 1998.
Jordan won league MVP in 1995-96 and 1997-98. He also captured three consecutive scoring titles to finish his Bulls career. Meanwhile, Pippen averaged 19.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.8 assists during the three years he played with Jordan and Rodman, while Dennis the Menace won three straight rebounding titles.
Jordan and Pippen got their jerseys retired by the Bulls. Nos. 23 and 33 hang in the rafters at the United Center and will always be untouchable in Chicago. However, Rodman never got his No. 91 retired by the Bulls, which is surprising since he helped them win three championships and was the league’s best rebounder while donning the Chicago uniform.
Bulls should retire No. 91
It’s time for the Bulls to retire No. 91. Rodman is first in Bulls history in rebounds per game and contributed mightily to the second three-peat. The Pistons retired No. 10 for Rodman in 2011. Chicago needs to go ahead and retire No. 91 so El Loco can reunite with Jordan and Pippen.
Rodman averaged 5.2 points and 15.3 rebounds in 199 games with the Bulls. He didn’t make an All-Star team with Jordan and Pippen, but Chicago probably doesn’t three-peat without him. For that reason alone, the Bulls should do the right thing and retire No. 91.
Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman will always be linked. They are one of the best Big Threes in NBA history and prevented Hall of Famers Karl Malone and John Stockton from winning championships. Jordan and Pippen may not have liked Rodman when he was in Detroit, but they put their egos to the side starting in 1995-96 and learned to accept Dennis for he was.
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